The Frog Prince book report - detailed analysis, book summary, literary elements, character analysis, Brothers Grimm biography, and everything necessary for active class participation.
The Frog Prince is a classical fairytale about a prince turned into a frog by an evil witch. In order to break the spell, a good princess had to grant him one wish. Luckily, the youngest princess in the kingdom came to play near the lake every day so the frog got his chance to become a prince again.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm found inspiration for their stories in folk tales. But as the folk tales of the time were not considered appropriate children's fairy tales, they went through several changes over time, and the fairy tale The Frog Prince was no exception.
The moral of the story is to think twice before making promises we can’t keep. The princess had to listen to her father in this case because it is rude not to keep her promise but in the end, she got a beautiful prince for her husband.
Except for keeping her promise, the princess had to be responsible for her actions. She told a lie to the frog so her father got angry because she cared more about her ball while she judged the frog by his appearance and not kindness.
Throughout the story, we get to know the main characters such as the frog and the princess with all their disadvantages, but also their advantages. As much as the princess looked like a spoiled brat at the beginning, in the end, she showed a certain amount of maturity. In this case, she had to obey her prudent father because it would be indecent not to fulfill the given promise. She obeyed him and did not repent because the frog turned into a prince and became her husband.
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Setting: once upon a time in a faraway kingdom
Point of view: third-person
Narrator: an omniscient narration
Tone: it changes, from sad to happy
Mood: quiet, sad, happy
Theme: a story about a spoiled princess who meets a prince turned into a frog
Once upon a time lived a beautiful princess. She was the prettiest of the three sisters. Her beauty made the sun stop shining upon her. She wanted to play by the lake with her golden ball. Once she accidentally dropped the ball into the lake and it sank. She started crying and got desperate.
Her cry would soften even those who don’t have a heart because it sounded so desperate. It even woke a green frog that jumped straight to her. He asked her why she was crying so loudly and she told him about her missing ball. She didn’t know how to reach the ball.
The frog told her not to worry because he was here to help. Of course, he asked her what he will get in return and the princess told him he can get anything he wants without thinking twice. She told him she could give him jewels, clothes, and even a smaller castle. The frog told her none of it was necessary because all he wanted was her company, to dine and share a pillow with her. If she says yes he would bring her ball back.
The princess agreed even though she had no intentions of keeping her promise. When the frog got her ball back she just laughed and ran to the castle thinking the frog’s demands were a joke.
The next day the princess had dinner with her father. The food was served on golden plates and they had golden cups. Soon the frog appeared at the door and demanded the princess keep her promise.
The princess wasn’t thrilled with his visit and she wanted to kick him out but her father was curious. She told him the whole story and her father was angry that she didn’t keep her promise and was ready to kick out an innocent animal that helped her out.
The king allowed the frog to dine with them so he enjoyed the delicious food and took everything he could reach. The princess was repulsed by his behavior but had to keep her promise.
After a delicious dinner, the frog went to rest. He asked the princess to take him to her room so he could rest in her comfortable pillow. She became more and more desperate because she had to sleep next to the sticky frog. Her father warned her one more time that she had to keep her promise.
The frog fell asleep but the princess stayed up all night. All she could think about was that green creature laying next to her.
The next day when the sun appeared the frog got cheerfully out of bed. He offered the princess a deal. He told her that if she kisses him he’ll disappear for good. She thought about it and accepted. She puckered her lips and gave him a kiss. She yelled that it was over now and that he should go away.
After everything, the ugly frog turned into a beautiful young man. The princess was astonished by his appearance. She couldn’t believe that such an ugly frog could turn into such a beautiful young man.
He started teasing her and telling her he’ll disappear forever. Despite the deal, he asked her if she would accept to live with him instead of the ugly frog. She accepted and he told her how he became a frog because of a spell cast by an evil witch that could only be broken by a princess granting his wish.
They got married and lived happily ever after.
Characters: princess, frog (prince), father
Princess - a young girl that was a bit clumsy and lost her ball in the lake. A green frog helped her and she promised to grant him his wishes if he takes her ball out of the lake. When he told her his wish she thought he was kidding but he wasn’t. He wanted to live with her in the castle. When she kissed him a miracle occurred.
Frog (prince) - a young man who was under an evil witch’s spell. She turned him into a frog and when he saw the princess by the lake he finally got his chance to become a human again. He was wise and came up with a plan to get his life back with the help of the princess. When she kissed him he wasn’t a green, ugly, sticky frog anymore. He was finally the beautiful prince he was and he married the princess.
The king - the princess’s father was wise and honest. He could not believe that his daughter was so arrogant and that she intended to break the promise she had made to the frog. So the king gave her a lesson and told her that she must never trample on her word or make promises that she does not intend or cannot fulfill. He did not allow her to get away but ordered her to do what she said she would do. The king was very moral and did not suffer injustice, even if it came from his daughter. That says a lot about his kindness and honesty. In the end, his good intentions proved fruitful, for not only did he learn royal honesty, but he also got a worthy groom for her along the way.
Thanks to the Grimm brothers many children enjoyed reading the stories of brave heroes that always win over evil. The Grimm brothers are well-known German authors that, with a little help from the national stories, made fairy tales that were enjoyed by the older and the younger.
The older brother Jacob was born in 1785 and died in 1863. The younger brother Wilhelm was born in 1786 and died in 1859. Both of them were linguists and philosophers. Jacob published German grammar and together with his brother he published a German dictionary.
Both of them studied law in Marburg and during that period both of them criticized King Ernest August I. and because of that, they could not end their school because they were banned. Because of the inability to study law both of them started writing fairy tales which made them famous.
They were collecting them and writing them together while Wilhelm gave them a final touch. Their fairy tales are known as stories full of wisdom and cheerfulness.
In the beginning, their collection contained 86 stories and through repeated publishing, the number grew to 200. Some of their most famous works are "The Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", etc.